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NEW MIDDLETOWN, Ohio - The Springfield Local School District has been given the approval of voters to begin the process of building a new elementary school.

On May 7th, voters approved a bond issue and tax levy that will help pay for a portion of the project.

The school's foundation dates back to the 1920's and, as the school's Principal Tom Yazvac explains, maintaining the building is a losing battle and it fails to address the district's concern for safety.

"Right now our building isn't designed for the safety of our kids," Yazvac said. "We have all our entrances locked and we do a great job with what we have in place but, our building wasn't designed with the safety concerns that our now available for the new schools."

The passage of the issue will allow the district to take advantage of an offer in which the state will pay 48% of the cost of the new school, through the exceptional needs program. The community taxes will fund the other 52%.

According to Yazvac, the bond issue will cost the owner of a $100,000 home about $76 per year.

"This building will now give us a chance to have everything that our kids need to really make them prepared for the rest of their education, and really for careers into the future," said Superintendent Debra Mettee.

The new elementary school will be built south of the high school. The Superintendent predicts construction will be complete by fall of 2015.

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